A 36-year-old man drowned after being pushed into the sea by crew members of a passenger ship in the Greek port of Piraeus. The incident occurred on Tuesday while the ferry was leaving for Crete. Video footage showed crew members arguing with the man on the stern ramp before he was pushed back into the water. The shipping minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, expressed shock and horror at the incident and referred to it as a homicide. Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
The ship’s owner, Attica Group, released two statements expressing shock and stating that they are cooperating with authorities to resolve the case. They further mentioned that the actions of the crew members are contrary to the company’s values and that they are internally investigating why established procedures were not followed.
This incident has caused shock and outrage in Greece. The man had bought a ticket, boarded the ship, and then disembarked for unknown reasons before attempting to reboard. The exact circumstances leading to the altercation between the man and the crew members are unclear at this time. The public prosecutor is currently investigating the incident, and more details are expected to emerge as the investigation progresses.